5th Ranked USC Trojans Travel To face the Cal Bears

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USC Trojans Play First Road Game of 2017

The 5th ranked USC Trojans and the Cal Golden Bears will meet at California Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game is set to kickoff at 3:30 pm EST and will be televised by ABC.

This week the Trojans make their first road trip of the season. They have to travel to Berkeley to take on a surprising Cal team. The Bears have exceeded expectations so far and will be jacked-up to face one of its chief rivals in its Pac 12 opener.

Oddsmakers have USC as a 17-point favorite. The total is sitting at 64.5.

Cal Looks to Prove Start is no Fluke

Last time out for California, they were a 27-16 winner as they battled Ole Miss Rebels at home. California covered in the match as a +7-point underdog, while 43 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Bears pulled off a road win against a pretty good North Carolina team in the season opener. Then they struggled more than they should against Weber State. Last week they made a statement with a 27-16 home win over Mississippi.

First-year head coach Justin Wilcox seems to have transformed a Cal team that had little defensive initiative under previous head coach Sonny Dykes into a defensive force. Wilcox was the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin last year.

Inside linebacker Devante Downs leads the Pac-12 in tackles. Last week he had 14 tackles, two sacks and an interception as the Bears shut out Ole Miss in the second half. The Rebels had fewer than 100 yards after halftime.

USC Trojans Are Injury Depleted on Defense

USC was a 27-24 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas Longhorns. They failed to cover the -16.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (51) made winners of UNDER bettors.

A rash of injuries  has hit on the Trojans’ defense. Defensive end Rasheem Green has a high ankle sprain. Outside linebacker Porter Gustin has toe and shoulder issues. Defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu has knee problems, and linebacker John Houston Jr. has a neck stinger. They missed all or part of the Texas game and are questionable for this week.

Trojan QB Sam Darnold  has demonstrated his ability to make big plays when USC needed him. With that being said, the Trojans have not been nearly as dominant as expected. And all three games were at home at the Los Angeles Coliseum. How will they react in a hostile environment?

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Southern California3-01-239.3326.33131-20-02-12-10-0
California3-02-131.6722.009.671-11-01-20-21-0
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
USC13.6613.480.18
CAL13.6721.62-7.95
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
USC13.9211.752.17
CAL11.7513.36-1.61
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
USC5.134.600.53
CAL4.593.680.91
Team Records

USC Trojans

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall3-03-00-01-21-20-039.3326.3313.00
vs Conf1-01-00-01-01-00-042.0024.0018.00
Last 33-03-00-01-21-20-039.3326.3313.00

California Golden Bears

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall3-02-01-02-11-11-031.6722.009.67
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00
Last 33-02-01-02-11-11-031.6722.009.67

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense39.333022.0052
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense397.00126
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense96.5042
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense31.676526.3377
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense218.0079
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense197.0055
Head To Head Summary
NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Southern California10-08-22-834.80212.905.3131.0066.13249.30462.201.40
California0-102-82-815.80103.103.3039.0057.44237.30340.402.10

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Oct 27, 2016CALUSC24-4514233347523982316293
Oct 31, 2015USCCAL27-2118522040501172723893
Nov 13, 2014CALUSC30-381052793841793714501
Nov 9, 2013USCCAL62-2825624349901902934830
Sep 22, 2012CALUSC9-277717325022961924883
Oct 13, 2011USCCAL30-91181953132352943295
Oct 16, 2010CALUSC14-485219324522113916021
Oct 3, 2009USCCAL30-31742834571861992852
Nov 8, 2008CALUSC3-172713816511732384111
Nov 10, 2007USCCAL24-1723912936822001993993

College Football Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

USC Trojans

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 16, 2017TEXAS27-24W-16.5/65.5L/U7139746868298366-2H
Sep 9, 2017STANFO42-24W-4/55W/O3073166231701723422H
Sep 2, 2017W.MICH49-31W-28/59.5L/O232289521263943571H
Jan 2, 2017PENNST52-49W-7.5/60L/O122453575211254465-2A
Nov 26, 2016NOTRD45-27W-17.5/60.5W/O207205412154254408-1H

California Golden Bears

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 16, 2017O-MISS27-16W7/68.5W/U16323639953363416-1H
Sep 9, 2017WEBER33-20W-25/231200431140431571-2H
Sep 2, 2017UNC35-30W13/57W/O106363469219221440-1A
Nov 26, 2016UCLA36-10W3/69W/U19530149684176260-2H
Nov 19, 2016STANFO31-45L10/60L/O903934833571985550H

Weather in
BerkeleyUnited States

Weather is Sunny  74°F

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Humidity is 62%
Wind is North 4 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
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Forecast for Berkeley

Next up:
USC at Washington State Friday, September 29
California at Oregon Saturday, September 30

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